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Wednesday, February 7th

old school

Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980), “Goodbye Slim Harpo,” 1971

 

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Slim Harpo (AKA James Isaac Moore, 1924-1970), The Best of Slim Harpo, 1983*

 

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*01 – Baby Scratch My Back (1965); 02 – I Got Love If You Want It (1957); 03 – I’m A King Bee (1957); 04 – Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King) (1964); 05 – Shake Your Hips (1966); 06 – Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu (1968); 07 – Buzz Me Babe (1960); 08 – Buzzin’ (1963); 09 – Rainin’ In My Heart (1961); 10 – Still Rainin’ In My Heart (1964); 11 – Late Last Night (1960); 12 – Tip On In, Part 1 (1967); 13 – Bobby Sox Baby (1961); 14 – Don’t Start Cryin’ Now (1961); 15 – I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis) (1964); 16 – Strange Love (1958); 17 – Rock Me Baby (1976); 18 – Blues Hang-Over (1960).

Monday, February 5th

sounds of Iceland

I’m not quite sure what these guys are doing but whatever it is they sure know what they’re doing.

ADHD, live, Iceland (Hafnarfjörður), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 24th

sounds of New York

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, compositions; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, New York (Rye Bar, Brooklyn), 2016

 

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Improvised music is like basketball: a great player makes everybody better.

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 23rd

more

No one plays ballads more tenderly—or tartly.

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame, 1923-2012), “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994

 

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“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke, I. Gershwin), live, Belgium, 1992

 

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“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart) with Mike Allemena (guitar), Matt Ferguson (bass), Michael Raynor (drums), live, Chicago (Mandel Hall, University of Chicago), 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 22nd

voices I miss

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame), tenor saxophonist, 1923-2012

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988

 

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“Take the ‘A’ Train” (B. Strayhorn) with Joanie Pallatto (vocals), Bettye Reynolds (vocals), Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), John Young (piano), George Freeman (guitar), Larry Gray (bass), Michael Adams (drums), live, Chicago, 1999

 

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lagniappe

my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-one years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, Von Freeman and John Young played at our—Suzanne’s and my—wedding. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (as Suzanne walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-). Years later, John told me: “When I marry ’em, they stay married.”

Thursday, December 28th

more

Steve Lacy Quartet (SL, soprano saxophone; Bobby Few, piano; Jean Jacques Avenel, bass; John Betsch, drums), “Revenue” (S. Lacy),  live , 1995

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, San Francisco (Balmy Alley, Valencia St., City Lights Bookstore)

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Thursday, December 21st

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Constellation.

Trio WAZ (Edward Wilkerson Jr., tenor saxophone; Tatsu Aoki, bass; Michael Zerang, drums), live, Lakeside, Mich., 2010

 

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950), Kagurazaka Street After a Night Rain, 1929

 

Monday, December 18th

passings

Sunny Murray, drummer, September 21, 1936-December 7, 2017

Sunny Murray Trio (SM, drums; Tony Bevan, saxophones; John Edwards, bass), live, London, 2010

 

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langiappe

musical thoughts

I wanted to get more from the beat than just the beat.

Sunny Murray

Wednesday, December 6th

Think you’ve heard it all?

How about a septet with six string players and a drummer?

Tomeka Reid Septet,* “Tokens” (T. Reid), New York, 2017

 

*TR, cello, composition; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Mazz Swift, violin; Sarah Bernstein, violin; Jason Kao Hwang, viola; Adam Hopkins, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums, percussion.

Friday, November 24th

trumpet festival
day four

Miles Davis (with Bob Berg, saxophones; John Scofield, guitar; Robert Irving III, keyboards; Darryl Jones, bass; Al Foster, drums; Steve Thornton, percussion), live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1984

 

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